Six individuals were arrested at Brussels Airport in Belgium for attempting to smuggle critically endangered glass eels to Malaysia via Qatar and Vietnam. Customs at the airport discovered the eels hidden inside eighteen identical suitcases that had been covered in plastic wrap. While the purpose of smuggling the eels is not currently known, they are estimated to have been worth approximately €400,000 on the black market. The owners of the luggage were expected to appear before a court in Belgium on March 2nd, 2023. The maximum penalty for smuggling endangered species is five years in prison.
Six Individuals Arrested for Smuggling Endangered Species at Brussels Airport
Excerpt from Animal Law Digest: Canada Edition: Issue 37